Star Wars Fan Used More Than 100,000 LEGO Bricks to Recreate The Last Jedi's Final Battle

Lucasfilm, Disney
Lucasfilm, Disney

Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi premiered more than 13 months ago—which was just enough time for Richmond, Virginia college student David Hall to build an epic tribute to one of the film's most memorable scenes. According to Gizmodo, Hall's LEGO recreation of the Battle of Crait, which he began in late 2017 and completed earlier this year, took more than 100,000 LEGO bricks to build.

The LEGO master showed off his final product in a tweet that's been liked more than 14,500 times. His model includes all the important components from the movie's climax, from the towering First Order Heavy Assault Walkers to the cracked salt layer covering the planet's red soil. There's even a spacecraft suspended by transparent blocks to give it the appearance of flying through the air.

Over the year-plus it took Hall to build the battle scene, he documented the whole process on YouTube. You can see the big reveal in his finale video below, and then check out his channel Solid Brix Studios for more videos that focus on individual elements like the trenches and the mountains.

Hall isn't the first builder to use LEGO to express his love of Star Wars. In 2007, LEGO's 5197-piece Millennium Falcon become one of their most complex sets ever (it costs $800), and at the 2016 Toy Fair, the LEGO Group revealed life-sized LEGO statues of Captain Phasma, Finn, and Poe Dameron.

Since 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of LEGO's first Star Wars sets, on April 1, 2019, the company is also releasing redesigned versions of several of the most popular Star Wars sets in LEGO history, along with retro minifigures from the year each set was first released.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Vans Is Launching a Harry Potter-Themed Collection of Sneakers and Apparel

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

If we’ve learned anything from the recent releases of Van Gogh-, David Bowie-, and NASA-themed collections of Vans shoes, it’s that you have to act fast—really fast—if you want to snag a limited edition sneaker. As CNN reports, customers are already begging Vans to take their money after the brand announced an upcoming Harry Potter collection, and the designs haven’t even been unveiled yet.

To the delight of self-proclaimed Gryffindors and Ravenclaws around the world, Vans just dropped this bombshell on its website: “Vans and Harry Potter collaborated to conjure up a magical collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories for witches, wizards, and muggles alike.”

As for the specific details and release date for the designs, Vans appears to be as good as Snape at keeping a secret. But if the background image on the website is any indication, the shoes will likely be modeled after the four Hogwarts houses.

We can also likely expect to see a variety of classic shoe styles. Past pop culture-inspired Vans collections have been based on Old Skool, slip-on, platform, and high-top models.

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[h/t CNN]

Out of Print's Retro Star Wars T-Shirts Pay Homage to an '80s Reading Campaign

Out of Print
Out of Print

If only Luke had known that he could use a book to channel The Force, it might have saved him a whole lot of hassle. Online retailer Out of Print has united two nerdy camps—readers and Star Wars lovers—with its latest collection of retro-inspired T-shirts.

One shirt features Yoda with the text, “Read and The Force is with you.” A Princess Leia tee says, “Read: It’s our only hope,” while one of Darth Vader says, “Read: Use the power of The Force.”

A Star Wars t-shirt
Out of Print

If the graphics look familiar, it’s because they’re from the American Library Association’s Star Wars-themed READ campaign, which first emerged in 1983 with a poster of Yoda holding a book.

“Star Wars is a vehicle to help support and excite young readers,” Todd Lawton, Out of Print’s co-founder, told StarWars.com. “That’s perfectly in line with our mission and we feel that the world’s a better place if people are reading more books. So when you see a character like Yoda or Darth Vader presented in a way that’s supporting this love of reading and the importance of reading, we want to show that and celebrate that as well.”

An Out of Print T-shirt featuring Darth Vader
Out of Print

The shirts are priced at $28 or $30 apiece, depending on whether it’s a classic unisex T-shirt or relaxed fit tee. Kids’ shirts are also available for $20 each.

Out of Print is also selling a Little Golden Books collection of Star Wars hardcovers, including A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and an anthology with seven books in one. For more literary-inspired apparel, totes, accessories, and more, check out the company's website.

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